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University of Manchester Reviews

Updated 20 September 2018
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  • "Career progression could be better" (in 6 reviews)

  • "No cons to share, is a very pleasant working environment" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Friendly and Rewarding"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Manchester part-time

    Pros

    The university is generally an exciting place to work. Lots of resources. Lots of opportunity for further training. The work can be very rewarding and interesting.

    Cons

    The HR process for applying and starting work can be very long. This can be problematic for very short fixed term posts, with fixed end dates.


  2. "Teaching and Learning Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester part-time

    Pros

    Very friendly people, lovely place to work, everyone is kind and caring and they treat you with a lot of respect and make you like coming in to work in the morning.

    Cons

    I left due to family commitments and wished to go back but there wasn't any opportunities and I wish there was.

  3. "It was okay"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible and independent working environment

    Cons

    Mostly contractual work, so no real long term security

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved in the PDR of employees


  4. "A N G"

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    Current Employee - Academic in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Academic in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Largely fair working environment, decent opportunities.

    Cons

    M2020, pension cut, too many layers of management, slow,


  5. "Peer Mentoring Scheme"

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    Former Employee - Peer Mentor in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Peer Mentor in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really interactive team, help me engage and help first-year students. Also involved in student ambassador sessions in which I developed my communications skills by conducting campus tours.

    Cons

    Not too many activities organised for first-year students. I received many complaints in which the mentees did not properly understand what is Peer Mentoring in the beginning.

    Advice to Management

    I would send emails to first-year students before they start university explaining what a peer mentor is and how we can help them during their first academic year.


  6. "Great city to live and work in"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Optional teaching provides extra money.
    Great careers support.

    Cons

    Postgraduates are neither staff nor students when it comes to getting help in times of need, meaning that most avenues you would go down as a student for things like financial issues are closed to you.
    PhDs generally are lonely, frustrating experiences.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management is greedy - hoarding giant cash reserves, whilst gutting the University of experienced professors in favour of cheap, young staff.


  7. "Great facilities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Best toys in the business

    Cons

    Some HR things can be slow

  8. "Lecturer"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The good reputation and friendly environment (colleagues).

    Cons

    The human factor is not the priority. The real priorities: To improve NSS and to build new facilities. 4 works, 1 salary: funding, papers, teaching and administration.

    Advice to Management

    Is it work-life balance?


  9. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Academic Support in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Academic Support in Manchester, England
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Atmosphere is good, regular training opportunities, good events for staff

    Cons

    External candidates given preferential treatment for promotions

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within more


  10. "general opinion"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Rickmansworth, England
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Rickmansworth, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Manchester full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good reputation, interesting, challenging, enjoyable

    Cons

    low pay, work life not well balanced

    Advice to Management

    none


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